U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL) - National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
04/28/20 11:59 PM ET
Grant to a USA nonprofit entity, local or state agency, for-profit agency or organization, IHE, tribe, or tribal organization to establish a research center to develop mobility and accessibility technology for individuals with disabilities. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete.
NIDILRR’s mission is to generate new knowledge and promote its effective use to improve the abilities of people with disabilities to perform activities of their choice in the community and to expand society’s capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for its citizens with disabilities. In support of this mission, NIDILRR sponsors RERCs to address the barriers confronted by people with disabilities in all aspects of their lives.
NIDILRR-sponsored RERCs engage in the systematic application of engineering sciences to design, develop, adapt, test, evaluate, apply, and distribute technological solutions to problems confronted by people with disabilities in functional areas such as mobility, communications, hearing, vision, and cognition. RERCs conduct engineering research and development toward improved health and function, employment, and community living and participation outcomes. RERCs may focus their efforts at the individual level, for example, to develop assistive technology devices that enhance the physical, sensory, and cognitive abilities of people with disabilities. RERCs may also focus on the systems level, for example, by mitigating or eliminating barriers found in large social systems such as public transportation, telecommunications, information technology, and the built environment. RERCs conduct research and development that ultimately leads to the transfer of technology into commercialized or non-commercialized products that can be readily accessed and used to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
NIDILRR seeks to establish a RERC that will address topics in the following broad area of rehabilitation engineering: Physical access and transportation. By holding a field-initiated RERC grant competition in this broad area, we aim to increase competition for NIDILRR’s RERC grants and draw upon the field's expertise, knowledge, and creativity to optimize the quality and relevance of the rehabilitation engineering grants that we fund. In the area of physical access and transportation, NIDILRR seeks to fund research and development that leads to greater accessibility of the built environment, or better access to safe and accessible transportation options for people with disabilities, or both.
There is a need for more accessibility in commercial and private facilities, outdoor environments, and housing to increase independence and promote community integration for people with a wide range of disabling conditions. In addition, safe, accessible, and usable transportation systems are needed to allow people with disabilities to move around in and participate more fully in their communities and neighborhoods. Rehabilitation engineering in this area should result in the continued promotion of universal design and the planning of accessible housing, buildings, parks, neighborhoods and cities, or accessible transportation systems, or both.
For details on program priorities, see pages 2-5 of the Full Announcement document in Supporting Documents below.
GrantWatch ID#: 188453
Award Ceiling: $925,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $920,000 Per Budget Period
Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods
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